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Mobile Mental Health & Addictions Navigator Counsellor

Under the direction, accountability and guidance, the Counsellor/Navigator is responsible to provide:  professional clinical assessment, counselling, supportive safety planning and referral services to clients of with mental health and addictions, who reside in Manitoulin Island District; and, wholistic health promotion services in the form of educational and primary prevention activities.   
The Mobile Mental Health & Addictions Counsellor/Navigator will collaborate, consult and send/receive referrals from relevant service providers in-house and from external organizations including primary health, schools, shelters, community, traditional, and social services as appropriate and relevant.
Service Specific Responsibilities Counselling:
Provision of supportive counselling (individual and group) and structured psychotherapy to those impacted by Mental Health and Addictions
Collaborate with referring agency to develop and implement treatment plans
Conduct intake, assessment, treatment planning and discharge planning with clients
Participate in group consultation with Mental Health and Addictions team at Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
Coordinate and facilitate access to traditional healing and other cultural programming
Refer clients to external service providers and programs including but not limited to in-patient treatment centres, safe housing/shelters, and addictions support
Coordinate with the SADV team at Noojmowin Teg for collaborative care planning
Community/Program Development:
Provide culturally relevant prevention and promotion workshops related to mental health and addictions
Participate in external partnerships to increase awareness of issues related to mental health and addictions
General Description of Service Responsibilities
Completion of charting and data collection within the Electronic Medical Record utilized by Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
Compilation and completion of all reports as required by funders, and other data (including quality health indicators) as developed by the organization
Adherence to policies and procedures of Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
Membership with and adherence to guidelines of regulatory college and professional counselling association
Adherence to traditional protocols and cultural sensitivity to First Nation where services are provided
First Level of reporting to Mental Health and Addiction Manager and senior administration of Noojmowin Teg Health Centre
Complete all required leave request documentation (i.e. annual leave, professional development, certified sick leave, uncertified sick leave, over-time leave, etc.) Final approval provided by Noojmowin Teg senior administration, and aligned to guidelines of Noojmowin Teg policies and procedures
Complete relevant professional development and training as provided and guided by Noojmowin Teg, the funder, or legislative requirements
Attend Noojmowin Teg staff meetings, strategic planning, annual general meeting, and other team/group requirements and wellness activities.

Mandatory Requirements:
Minimum of Bachelor of Social Work degree; Social service/health related degree with experience may be considered
Registration with the Ontario College of Social Work and Social Service Workers or an equivalent college
Three (3) years’ experience providing clinical service, preferably with victims of mental health and addictions
Valid class “G” driver’s license and own reliable vehicle
Clear drivers’ abstract
Clear vulnerable sector criminal record check

Preferred Requirements:
Standard Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), AED, and First Aid Training
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training (CPI)
Experience with charting in Electronic Medical Records
Anishinaabemowin speaker an asset

Knowledge of current mental health issues relevant to First Nations
Knowledge of protocols of First Nations on Manitoulin Island and surrounding areas
Knowledge of mental health services available within the Manitoulin Island catchment area
Knowledge of traditional healing practices of the Anishinabek

Skilled in a variety of mental health assessments, treatment planning and case management
Skilled in interpersonal relations
Strong time management skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Demonstrated analytical and technical skills
Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
Strong ability to prioritize, plan, organize and schedule
Ability to work with minimal supervision
Ability to handle multiple tasks under pressure
Ability to work effectively as part of a team or as a leader when required to foster quality service to clients and to promote a good working environment
Ability to develop practices that ensure personal safety

Work Conditions:
Frequent sitting required
Frequent interruptions within office setting
Exposure to crisis situations
Frequent exposure to mental health clients
Travel requirements throughout Manitoulin Island and surrounding area
Frequent flexed and after hour’s work


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